Label used in some European countries for an upscale category but also of the highest quality according to the EU wine market regulations quality wine (PDO) counts. These are Germany. Croatia. Austria. Romania. Slovakia. Slovenia. Czech Republic and Hungary, Some names (such as late harvest) are also available in some other countries. In Germany the term QmP (quality wine with predicate) was valid until 2007, now also Prädikatswein is used.
These wines are referred to Mostgewicht and production even more demanding, or certain techniques are prohibited. Differences for each predicate type apply to the conditions of the grape (fully ripe, or partly noble rot) and the vintage (for Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese a machine reading is prohibited). On enrich in order to increase alcohol is prohibited in principle. A sweetening in order to increase the residual sugar may in Germany by means of Süßreserve This is generally prohibited in Austria. The order is not a qualitative rating, but denotes different types of wine:
The EU Wine Market Regulations valid from August 2009 introduced new wine names and quality levels. Quality wine and predicate wine correspond to the highest quality level Wine PDO (Wine with protected indication of origin). The names country wine. quality wine and predicate wines with all types remain valid as traditional names. See detailed below quality system,
Complete listings of the numerous vinification measures and cellar techniques, as well as the various wine-regulated wine, sparkling wine and distillate types are under the keyword winemaking contain. Comprehensive information on wine law is available under the keyword wine law,